Producers of paper and packaging material, light and electrical and electronic equipment, and goods wrapped in primary or secondary wrapping material have 9 months to submit waste management plans to the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs.

According to the notice (GN 1353 in GG 41303 of 6 December 2017), the definition of packaging is as follows:

2017 definition

“packaging” means any material, container or wrapping, used for the containment, transport, handling, protection, promotion, marketing or sale of any product or substance, which may be primary packaging, containing the actual product or secondary packaging, typically containing products already packaged in primary packaging but excludes—

  • shipping containers used solely for the transportation of any consumer commodity in bulk to manufacturers, packers, or processors, or to wholesale or retail distributors thereof;
  • packaging made of timber and textile; or
  • plastic pallets and industrial bulk containers (IBC’s) with a capacity exceeding 1000 litres.

Tightening controls on waste management has benefits for many sectors (job creation) and ultimately for the environment.

It will be interesting to watch how producers adjust and or change their roadmap to employ these solutions and come up with innovative solutions.

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